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About GUILDBROOK STUDIOS OFFICIAL BLOG

GUILDBROOK STUDIOS is a creative design and visual media production company, offering a unique and stylistic approach of controlled chaos to both commercial and individual clients. With a combined 40 years of experience in the areas of photography, video production, motion graphics, special effects, technology, advertising, print and marketing, our team brings a fresh and current approach to the art of communication. We understand, design, capture, edit, produce, print, syndicate, distribute and monetize. So hit us up with your craziest ideas… We love to rock the boat.

10 Laps of Rock and Roll

If you guys haven’t seen it yet, check our our video of the Charlotte Motor Speedway Thunder Course Driving School (NASCAR).  Click HERE. (you can always access our videos by clicking on the “Videos” button above and choosing one of the video links).

ROCK ON!

NASCAR Driving Course


Sunday Snaps

Sundays in the fall are supposed to be dedicated to football and beer; unfortunately for us our Steelers game wasn’t on cable (they still won – yeaa).  So I grabbed my camera and the nearest model (which just so happened to be my fiancees daughter) and headed out to the back yard for some pseudo candid snaps.  What is pseudo-candid?  Well, that is where you get the model to pose and as they get bored waiting for you to take the picture they look off or do something like play with their hair and THAT is the pic you snap.  Even though my model thought I was torturing her by making her sit where the zipper spiders usually hang out, I think we got some some nice pics ;o)

Smoke Break

Dancing

Tree

Senior Girl

Senior Girl

Lost

Contemplation

Thinking

Twilight

Moody

Senior Relaxing

Smoke Break

Spooky


Wedding Album and DVDs

Our latest wedding album and dvds:

         


Blueberries!

When we purchased our home 5 years ago, it came with two blueberry bushes and a gigantic garden.   Any one with half a mind for gardening would have been tickled pink.  As an eater of massive amounts of veggies, I thought of all the delicious fresh produce I could get out of that garden.  Problem is, I am not a gardener.  Actually, I have a bit of a black thumb. Almost everything green I touch seems to wither and die.  I’m not sure if it is over care of under care – too much water, not enough water – too much sun, planted in the shade – I am sure a real gardener would be able to tell you.  I just know everything green around me tends to die if I touch it.  I am like the Goldfinger of gardening, except, a Blackfinger. Oddly, it doesn’t translate to weeds.

So the garden became overgrown with 3 inch trees and weeds that are taller than I am.  Now I did have intentions of cleaning it out this spring and making an attempt at growing my own produce, but other priorities kept getting in the way (having a “To Do” list that is two columns in width and typed in 8pt font will do that).  Luckily for us, blueberries don’t require much maintenance.  Actually none.  I just walked out one day and there was green little balls and as of last week, they turned blue.  Sweeeeet.  That is the kind of gardening I like.

Now I may not be able to garden, but I most certainly can pick blueberries.  I used to go with my dad every year in August in Pennsylvania and pick 5 gallon buckets full of wild blueberries that grew in the mountains.  My mom and grandmother would make the most delicious pies (albeit a bit runny from lack of flour – but shhh!  I didn’t say that!).  So pick I did and I came back with – a quart.  Yes.  Just a quart.  Of which my 5 year old daughter ate half.  But it was a quart of delicious blueberries grown in our own garden.  I may not be able to make a pie with the remaining half quart – but maybe a smoothie.

Here is my favorite blueberry smoothie based on an Ani Phyo recipe:

Blueberry Smoothie

1 cup frozen blueberries
1.5 cups water (or enough to cover berries)
2-3 pitted medjool dates
1/2 whole vanilla bean
1/4 cup raw cashews
3 ice cubes

Blend and serve!

Blueberry Bush


Arri Lights ROCK!

This past week we were out and about doing some commercial video work for a local company who manufactures pool safety equipment. We showed up to do the shoot, and found out the shoot was to be held in a dark, unlit warehouse. Not good.

Having no continuous lights (tons of strobes, reflectors, and off camera flash -but no continuous video lights), we pretty much scrambled for anything we could find. Luckily there was another photog nearby who loaned us some lights.

Not a situation we want to be in or ever want to be in again so we went on the hunt for some cinematography lights. First stop: Barbizon in Charlotte (which ended up being our last stop as well because they are pretty much awesome. Read on).

We got hooked up with an awesome and completely knowledgeable sales rep who totally hooked us up. It just so happened they had an Arri 5 light kit that had been discontinued and they were willing to cut us an awesome deal.

Those familiar with the world of cinematography know the brand Arri and know they pretty much rock with their continuous hot lights. A couple hours later, we walked out two very happy customers with some totally awesome Arri lights and all the trimmings (barn doors, scrims, diffusers, soft box, stands…you name it).

So Guildbrook Studios pretty much has everything now for any photog or videog/cinematog shoot you can imagine. We rock.


Mother Daughter Pictures

The “R” Family – three gorgeous women comprised of a mum and her two daughters – came to us after bidding and winning one of our charity donations.   We asked them what kind of setting they wanted and the answer we got was “fences and fields”…so we gave them Fences and Fields!  The setting was stunningly raw and gorgeous and the setting sun lit them beautifully.

Unfortunately, that field probably won’t be around for long as rumor has it a developer bought it and everything around it up.  Fortunately, these portraits WILL be around for a very long time for them to enjoy!

Here are some select photos from the session:

                                 


Urban Teen Shoot

I love photographing teens and seniors.  Their shoots always end up being more of a fashion shoot…and fashion shoots just ROCK!

Back in November we donated several gift certificates to charity auctions and the “M” Family was the recipient of one of these winning auctions.  They gave us a call and said they wanted to book an urban teen shoot for their daughter.   So I took them to the coolest place I knew in Charlotte for urban pictures.  Miss Claire was the perfect model with her high cheekbones and bubbly demeanor.  We think in some pictures she actually looks like Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka (only with dark hair). She is simply gorgeous!  But don’t take my word for it…see for yourself!

Allow me to introduce: the lovely Miss Claire.

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